Celebrating the 40th ANNIVERSARY of the MOON LANDING, this year the official Olympics time keeper (with Michael Phelps as the ambassador) launches their Special Edition Omega Speedmaster Professional Watches.
On July 16, 1969, APOLLO 11 Lunar Module, the Eagle, landed in Mare Tranquillitatis, located at 0°4′5″N latitude, 23°42′28″E longitude, approximately 50 kilometers from the closest highland material and approximately 400 meters west of a sharp-rimmed blocky crater. It was the first manned spacecraft landing on the Moon carrying Mission Commander Neil Alden Armstrong, Command Module Pilot Michael Collins and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin Eugene ‘Buzz’ Aldrin, Jr.
Astronauts of Apollo 11 To The Moon: Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, Buzz Aldrin
Apollo 11 on launch - Eagle on the Moon
Buzz Aldrin Salutes American Flag on the moon
The mission accomplished President John F. Kennedy’s ambition of reaching the moon by the end of the 1960s, which he expressed during a speech given before a joint session of Congress on May 25, 1961:
“I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth.”
Powered by Omega’s caliber 1861 – succeeding the original Speedmaster Professional Moon Watch’s caliber 321, the APOLLO 11 40th ANNIVERSARY Limited Edition WATCH incorporates the Moon-landing connection features:
- On the caseback, The Apollo 11 “Eagle” mission patch is stamped along with the inscription, “THE FIRST WATCH WORN ON THE MOON”, the limited edition number (0000/7969), and “July 21, 1969” - the date Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin first stepped onto the moon’s surface.
- On the dial, the legend 02:56 GMT – the exact time that Neil Armstrong made his “one small step” onto the Moon – is displayed in red. The dial is protected by Hesalite, the same robust, shatter-proof acrylic crystal found on the original Moonwatch. A small, distinctive OMEGA logo has been etched evocatively inside the Hesalite crystal.
- The small seconds counter is a medallion which features an adaptation of Apollo 11’s famous mission patch. The watch’s hour, minute and the red-tipped chronograph seconds hands are coated with Super-LumiNova.
Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Apollo 11 Special Edition 40th Anniversary
The LIMITED EDITION OMEGA SPEEDMASTER PROFESSIONAL APOLLO MOON LANDING WATCH includes stainless steel case body – 42 mm in diameter, with a stainless steel bracelet which has been upgraded to include Omega’s patented screw and pin system. (Steel on steel, Reference: 322.214.171.124.01.002).
It also features CHRONOGRAPH, a complicated function for measuring short time periods in addition to its function for permanently displaying hours, minutes and seconds; not to mention its TACHYMETER, an instrument for measuring speed. It is a chronograph with a graduated dial on which speed can be read off in kilometers per hour based on 1000 meters distance.
The water resistance is down to 167 feet (50 meters). Power Reserve is 48 hours.
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moon Landing Watch - 40th Anniversary of Apollo 11
Exclusive Box of Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11 Moon Landing 40th Anniversary Watch
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